What is Google Calendar? – News from free Internet users

Google Calendar is a free web and mobile calendar that lets you track your own events and share your calendars with others. It is the ideal tool for managing personal and professional schedules. It is both simple to use and very powerful.

If you have a Google Account, you have access to Google Calendar. Just go to calendar.google.com or open the Calendar app on your Android phone to use it.

The Google Calendar web interface

Google Calendar’s interface is what you would expect from Google. It’s simple, with Google’s signature pastel blue and yellow colors, but it hides a lot of powerful features.

You can quickly access different sections of your calendar by selecting a date. In the upper right corner, there are tabs to switch between day, week, month, next four days and agenda views. The main area displays the current view.

The upper part of the screen has links to other Google services to which you have subscribed. So you can schedule an event and view the corresponding spreadsheet in Google Drive or quickly send an email from Gmail.

The left side of the screen lets you manage shared calendars and contacts, and the top of the screen offers a Google search of your calendars, so you can quickly find events by keyword search.


Adding Events to Google Calendar

To add an event, such as a birthday, simply select a day in month view or a time in day or week view. A dialog box indicates the day or time and allows you to quickly schedule the event. You can also select the “More details” link and add more details. You can also add events from text links on the left.

You can also import an entire calendar full of events at once from your Outlook, iCal, or Yahoo! Google Calendar doesn’t sync directly with software like Outlook or iCal, so you’ll still need to import events if you use both tools. It’s unfortunate, but there are third-party tools that allow synchronization between the two calendars.

Multiple calendars in Google Calendar

Rather than creating categories for events, you can create multiple calendars. Each calendar is accessible from the common interface, but each can have different management settings. So you can create a calendar for work, a calendar for home and a calendar for your local bridge club without these worlds colliding.

Events from all your visible calendars will display in the main calendar view. However, you can assign them a color code to avoid confusion.

Sharing Google Calendars

This is where Google Calendar stands out. You can share your calendar with other people, and Google gives you a lot of control over that.

You can make calendars fully public. This is perfect for organizations or educational institutions. Anyone can add a public calendar to their own calendar and view all the dates in it.

You can share calendars with specific people, such as friends, family members, or co-workers. It’s easier if you’re using Gmail, because Gmail automatically completes contacts’ email addresses as you type them. However, it is not necessary to have a Gmail address to send invitations.

You can choose to share only when you’re busy, share read-only access to event details, share the ability to edit your calendar events, or share the ability to manage your calendar and invite other people.

This means that your boss may have access to your work calendar, but not your personal calendar. Or maybe bridge club members can see and change bridge dates, and they can tell when you’re busy on your personal calendar without seeing the details.

Google calendar reminders

One of the problems with an Internet calendar is that it’s on the web and you might be too busy to look at it. Google Calendar can send you event reminders. You can receive reminders in the form of emails or even text messages to your mobile phone.

When you schedule events, you can email attendees inviting them to attend, just like you do with Microsoft Outlook. The email contains the event in .ics format, so they can import the details into iCal, Outlook or other calendar tools.

Google Calendar on your phone

If you have a compatible mobile phone, you can view calendars and even add events from your mobile phone. This means you don’t need to carry a separate diary for events that are within range of your cell phone. The interface for viewing and interacting with calendar events on your Android phone is different than on the web, but it should be.

When using your phone, you can also schedule events using Google Now.
Integration with other services

Gmail Messages detects events in messages and offers to schedule these events on Google Calendar.

With a little technical know-how, you can publish public calendars to your website, so even people without Google Calendar can read your events. Google Calendar is also available as part of Google Apps for Business.

If you don’t use Google Calendar, you probably should. Google has obviously paid a lot of attention to Google Calendar, which behaves like a tool written by people who actually use it. This diary makes task planning so easy, you’ll wonder what you did without it.

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